The bill consolidates administrative provisions related to substance misuse or substance use disorders evaluation and treatment through emergency holds and extended-care certifications into a single statutory article. Currently, provisions for 5-day emergency holds and short-term and long-term certification for alcohol treatment are found in one statutory article, while similar provisions for 5-day emergency holds and short-term and long-term certification for drugs and other substances are found in another statutory article. The bill combines the 2 articles and creates a single process for emergency holds and short-term and long-term treatment for substance misuse and substance use disorders.
The bill adds revised definitions for "danger to self or others" and "gravely disabled" as approved by the 2013 civil commitment statute review task force.
The option for a jury trial for a certification for either a mental health or substance misuse hold is removed.
The term "imminent" is removed from "imminent danger" from the section concerning an emergency hold related to a mental illness.
Language is added to encourage treatment facilities to inquire about whether an individual has an advance directive for persons with a behavioral health illness at the time of admission and, if so, to refer to such advance directive and take it into account if medically appropriate.
The bill makes conforming amendments.